Texting is among the most dangerous kind of driving distractions. If you were to drive at 55 mph and took your eyes off the road for just five seconds to send or read a text, you would have blindly covered the entire length of a football field.
Distracted driving claimed the lives of 2,841 people in 2018. The victims included 1,730 drivers, 605 passengers, 400 pedestrians, and 77 bicyclists.
Drivers can also be distracted by fatigue or lack of sleep. Drowsy driving can be caused by sleep interruptions due to working a long shift, a social occasion, or from driving for an extended period on a road trip.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates 91,000 crashes involved drowsy drivers in 2017. These crashes led to an estimated 50,000 people injured and nearly 800 deaths.
Most crashes involving drowsy driving occur between midnight and 6 a.m., or in the late afternoon when people typically experience dips in their circadian rhythm. These crashes usually involved only a single driver and frequently occur on rural roads and highways.
Following a crash, a distracted drowsy driving lawyer Phoenix, AZ trusts can investigate liability, obtain witness statements, look into applicable insurance, and evaluate damages. There should be no fees or costs unless a settlement is obtained.
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